Volvo plans to pull plug on traditional engines by 2019

Jul 05, 2017, 8:14 AM EDT
(Source: Kārlis Dambrāns/flickr)
(Source: Kārlis Dambrāns/flickr)

Volvo pushed the envelope in car industry on Wednesday with the announcement that it will stop manufacturing vehicles solely powered by internal combustion engine in the next three years. By 2019, all Volvo vehicles will be either all-electric or hybrid with a combination of electric and conventional engines.

The move will intensify Volvo’s competition with Tesla, the start-up maker of electric cars that recently began the production of its first mass-market car, Model 3, writes the BBC.

Greenpeace hailed Volvo’s decision to shift from “climate-wrecking fossil fuels” and urged other carmakers to follow its footsteps, notes The Guardian.